BY Afeseh Apong
Experienced Cameroonian defender Estelle Laura Johnson, is ready to help her younger teammates grow, while also open to learning from them.
The Gotham FC defender linked up with the rest of the indomitable Lionesses squad in Paris France, as they enter the last stage of preparations ahead of the 14th Edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Morocco early next month.
Though Johnson missed the lionesses previous training camps in Douala, she is expected to play an instrumental role in Coach Zabo’s side, as Cameroon searched for their first continental glory in the senior women’s category.
WAFCON 2022 in Morocco, will be the first experience for the 33_year_old defender, and she can’t wait to get started.
I’ve spoken to lots of my teammates, I’ve played with them in the past, they have played here in Africa, especially in Nigeria. I’ve heard amazing things about the Women AFCON and this is something I’ve been looking for a very long time. So all the excitement is here and I can’t wait to see how it goes.
“I know that it is going to be a very physical tournament. one thing you can guarantee with African soccer is that it’s very physical and very athletic, with skilled players,” Estelle Laura Johnson said via the lionesses communication department.
“I’ve been working hard to get fit and get ready for the tackles that I’m going to be facing.
Lionesses head coach Gabriel Zabo, has opted for lots of youthful players, with the likes of Ousmanou Doudou, Collette Ndzana, Easther Mayi Kith, Catherine Mbengono, amongst others, expected to mount the defense axis for the lionesses. Johnson has expressed her desire to helping the youngster grow, while also learning from them.
“the great thing is that most of the new players are a little bit younger, so they come in with a fresh perspective of the game. as an older player I’m always looking to learn new things as well. so I can teach and also learn things from the new players but I think the biggest thing is working together to be on the same page and build back AWCON history.”
“When you’re facing a team with such talents up front, you just have to be organised. So I’m going to work with the others at the back to make sure that we’re organised and bring all our energies to the game,” the experienced defender added.
Estelle Johnson has been a full Cameroon international since 2019, the same year she was part of the Lionesses Squad at the FIFA World cup in France. She played every minute in the Lionesses’ four matches in the competition and has since then being a mainstay at the heart of the defense.
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